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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 65
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
**NOTE: This beer is now called "Brutal IPA" **
It has also been bottled as "Portland State IPA" (2010).

An Imperial bitter with exotic traditional floor malts, citrusy, hoppy flavor and stupendous hop aroma. Rogue brewmaster John Maier describes his Brutal IPA as a cross between a Very Extra Special Bitter and an Indian Pale Ale. Hedonistic!

8 INGREDIENTS: 2-Row, Carawheat, C15 & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Alluvial™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

22oz Bottle & Draft / 15° Plato / 46 IBU / 81 AA / 13° Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of WAP
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper with a very clean, one-finger head that dissipates, with only faint trace trace, over the first few sips.

Smell is quite nice - caramel-apple with a just-right sweetness.

Taste is quite a departure from the smell, with a firm dose of hops adding some grassy elements and a nice bitterness, fading into a biscuit malt flavor on the back end.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy. Overall, this is an exceptionally drinkable offering.

WAP, Dec 31, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Jamison85, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

HairyToeKnuckles, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

BrewCaveDweller, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

shigg85, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Conniehophead, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

PickwickHopz, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

sennin, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

AndreBileski, Jul 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MikeAllen, Sep 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

dmorgan310, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

pschie1, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

JohnTurano, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

cd34, May 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

dowen44, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Vyronian, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

captainbearcat, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

neil2me, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another near-perfect brew from the masters at Rogue, this beer will teach you that you don't need a variety of hops in a beer to have an amazing character. Brutal Bitter uses only Crystal hops. And brother, that's all you need.

Take a big whiff before drinking. Ahhh, amazing! What a hop aroma. And note the aftertaste. A friend described it perfectly: grapefruit.

Shaw, Sep 04, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Saviorself, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A potent and heady elixir, both in look and taste. Like ESB on steroids. Appearance is cloudy orange with a firm white head. I love the sweet taste of the Maris Otter malt they use. The Crystal hops balance the sweetness nicely, giving it an appealing bitterness. More bodied up than your average ESB (and some IPAs for that matter) and finishes off nicely.

beernbbq, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very few ESB's are as good as this. That's all you need to know. I think only Fuller's ESB is a better ESB. But this comes close.

The taste is pretty well-balanced between hops and malt. They aren't using Cascade but, according to the bottle, Crystal hops. The beer needs to warm a little to achieve it's balance. It poors with a nice head which goes down to a nice lace which stays. Very drinkable once it warms.

I highly recommend this.

GeoffFromSJ, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of TerryW
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I would hardly call this beer "brutal" in any way, shape or form. The name is just flat out misleading axs I've had IPAs far rougher than this one. It is, however, one kickass beer - quite excellent.

Big head settles to a solid cap, lots of lace all the way. Hazy apricot orange in colour. Quite handsome. Great hoppy nose, more orange citrus than anything else, underlaid by malt. Los of orange to taste up front when it's cold, but that gives way to grapefruit as the beer starts to warm and the bitterness of it becomes more pronounced. Fairly soft to drink, nice lingering flavours and bitterness. Just comes across as an all round well-crafted beer.

Excellent job and thank you.

TerryW, Jun 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

creez, Jan 02, 2013
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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